Fight Coronavirus: Immune System Boosters

 

Coronaviruses are a large and common family of viruses with illnesses that range from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). From coughing and shortness of breath to nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, the symptoms are widespread and not to be taken lightly. With a rapidly increasing number of deaths and no approved treatment, it’s crucial that you take ALL measures possible to boost your immune system and prevent catching this virus.

Highlights:

  • Coronaviruses are a large and common family of viruses with illnesses that range from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
  • Prevention is key – keep the immune system strong by eating foods rich in vitamin C, beta carotene and vitamin D, drinking daily bone broth, staying hydrated and getting adequate rest.
  • Arm yourself at home and in public with frequent hand washing (wash for 20 seconds and use a paper towel to dry) and use our Germ Buster Sanitizing Spray.
  • Stop in Nourished® to pick up a package of Flu Bombs – with ingredients such as lemon, ginger and cayenne pepper, this potent tonic contains an array of natural antibiotics that encourage a quicker recovery.

Prevention via a strong immune system is truly the key to avoiding colds, flu, infection and illness. Keep your fighting soldiers at the ready on a daily basis by giving them the fuel that they need. From vegetables and fruit to nuts and seeds, the more plants you eat, the more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants you provide to the team. Broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, lemons, grapefruit and parsley are superstars during this time of the year due to their high concentration of vitamin C. Orange-colored vegetables such as sweet potatoes, squash and carrots are great additions as well – they provide an abundance of anti-inflammatory, and cold- and flu-fighting beta carotene. Another crucial nutrient is vitamin D. Although the sun is your best source, in the winter months, we recommend bolstering your diet with pasture-raised egg yolks, wild-Alaskan salmon and cremini mushrooms.

healthy soup

In addition to eating foods rich in immune-boosting nutrients, the power of seasonality when it comes to your selections shouldn’t be undermined. During the winter months, your body does better with warm, cooked meals than raw. Instead of juicing, salads and crudité platters, eat soups, sautés and roasts. At Nourished®, we sell a variety of veggie-heavy, family-friendly and bone-broth based soups with easily-absorbable nutrients, immune-boosting spices and gut healing collagen, gelatin and amino acids. In fact, our homemade 100% pastured chicken bone broth that’s infused with ginger and garlic is one of the best foods to incorporate into your daily regime. Whether you’re fighting a bug or trying to stay ahead of the game, 1-2 cups of bone broth a day is a great everyday wellness practice.

In addition to getting as many veggies into your diet as possible, adequate hydration and sleep are also crucial. Rest up with at least 7-9 hours of sleep—and remember the hours before midnight are the most repairing. At home and in public, be sure to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, nose, eyes or mouth, and wipe down the surfaces that you come in greatest contact with. At Nourished®, we sell an antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral Germ Buster Sanitizing Spray that can be used on everything from your hands to door knobs and counter tops!

 

Regardless of your prevention strategies, illness can still happen. It’s actually a good sign and indicator that your immune system is working properly. When this happens, first and foremost we encourage you to rest. Rest is when your body goes into repair mode. Also, be sure to pump the fluids. From water and broth to hot tea and warm lemon water, fluids help flush pathogens out of the body. Need a beneficial boost? Try the Nourished® Flu Bombs! With ingredients such as lemon, ginger and cayenne pepper, this potent tonic contains an array of natural antibiotics that encourage a quick, natural recovery.

Although the coronavirus is the latest health scare, the recommendations are similar to that of influenza. When your immune system is strong, you should be able to fight any virus, bacteria or pathogen that you come into contact with. With adequate rest, hydration, a colorful diet, daily bone broth and an inclusion of immune-boosting superstars such as garlic and ginger, you form an inner environment that is inhospitable to infection. From soups and bone broth to Flu Bombs, herbal tea, raw Manuka honey, colloidal silver and our signature Germ Buster Sanitizing Spray, Nourished® has a host of staples to help you navigate through this viral situation. Stop in Monday through Friday 9am to 6pm to explore our options. Until then, be well.

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